Year 1

Welcome to year 1 

The year ahead provides a wonderful variety of exciting learning opportunities for your child as they begin the next part of their school journey.

Class teachers: 

1N Rebecca Nall (Year Group Leader) with Henrietta Pringle (ITT student)

1C Harriett Crockett (Phase 2 Leader)

1M Jill Manning 

Support staff: 

Maggie, Nura 


Androulla and Lesley 


The transition from Reception to Year 1 is an exciting but significant step for children. It is completely normal for some children to feel a little overwhelmed by the more formal approach to learning in Year 1, but as they settle into the routines, the children begin to take a more independent approach to their learning. Please be assured all staff in Year 1 are experienced in providing support and guidance to help them settle. 

Learning in Year 1

English is based on a ‘core text’, which is used to inspire and aid the children’s writing. Continuing from Reception, the children are taught phonics based on the ‘Read Write Inc’ (RWI) scheme of work. This is a structured reading and writing synthetic phonic programme.. 

Our maths lessons support and consolidate children’s existing knowledge of mathematical concepts. The aim is mastery in mathematics through exploring concepts in greater depth and being able to reason and problem solve in different contexts. To achieve this, we teach new learning by building on prior knowledge through microscopic steps. 

Children will have music and French once a week which is taught by our specialist teachers.

The wider curriculum units can be found on the curriculum section of the website.

Book Change:

Reading is a key priority in year 1. We feel that it is important that reading books are sent home for you to enjoy with your child. Adults modelling reading around the home also sets your child up to be a confident, lifelong reader. 

Every Thursday, your child will come home with a staged non-fiction and fiction book along with their reading record. You will have until Tuesday the following week to read these books with your child. 

Just like in Reception, we encourage you to write in the reading record each time that you have read with your child. Each class teacher will be keeping a log of your child’s reading progress and book stage. 

Book day: Thursdays

Book Recall day: Tuesdays – please ensure both books are sent to school on this day

If you would like access to more books, please sign up to Oxford Owl where you can access free eBooks - please create your own free account, we do not have a login to provide for you.

When reading with your child, we will be focusing on decoding and blending of sounds as well as their comprehension. We encourage that you ask your child questions to gauge their level of understanding of what they have read. Please see the attached ‘Questions you can ask’ document to support with this. 

Home Learning:

Each week, we will upload their Home Learning into the main Year 1 Google Classroom on a Thursday, due in the following Tuesday. 

While we are focusing on recapping and consolidating sounds, your child’s homework will be Phonics based. We will soon be sending home Maths and SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) quizzes, on alternate weeks, that are designed to consolidate learning covered that week but also past learning, including that which has been taught in Reception to aid quick recall. 



In Year 1, our PE day will be every Monday. Please send your child to school in suitable PE clothing for the weather as they will remain in this all day. Every other week your child will be taught by AMSA and the other week by their class teacher, something that we are very much looking forward to doing!

The Year 1 team



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